|10/1/58 - NASA|
NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) became NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). On that day William H. Dana reported to work as an engineer at the High-Speed Flight Station as the first NASA employee at the Center. He transferred to the pilot's office less than a year later and would go on to fly lifting bodies and the X-15, to name a few of the projects for which he was a pilot...
Keywords: Who -- William H. Dana
|10/24/68 - NASA|
William H. Dana makes the 199th, and last, X-15 flight. He reached a speed of Mach 5.38 and an altitude of 255,000 feet. The center's attempt to make a 200th flight was defeated by weather: it snowed. NASA Photo E60-6204
Keywords: Who -- William H. Dana
|F-15A in flight with 10 degree cone experiment and F-104N chase - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)|
The NASA F-15 is shown fitted with the 10 degree cone experimental device. The cone - attached to the nose of the F-15 - was flown at transonic and supersonic speeds in order to verify data obtained at 23 transonic and supersonic wind tunnels. The four initial flights occurred in October 1977 by NASA research pilots Einar K. Enevoldson and William H. Dana. After the aircraft was grounded for installation of the data acquisition system, the two pilots resumed flights on April 28, 1978...
Keywords: Who -- Einar K. Enevoldson; Who -- William H. Dana
|A-5A on lakebed - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)|
A North American Aviation A-5A Vigilante (Navy serial number 147858/NASA tail number 858) arrived from the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, MD, on December 19, 1962, at the NASA Flight Research Center (now, Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA). The Center flew the A-5A in a year-long series of flights in support of the U.S. supersonic transport program. The Center flew the aircraft to determine the let-down and approach conditions of a supersonic transport flying into a dense air tr...
Keywords: Who -- William H. Dana; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- Los Angeles
|F-15 RPRV Spin Research Vehicle (SRV) attached to B-52 pylon - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)|
In this ground photo, one of the F-15 RPRV/SRVs is shown on the same pylon used for the X-15 and lifting body flights. The vehicle was a 3/8 scale model of the F-15 aircraft, and was designed for stall and spin research. The cost was $250,000 for each RPRV versus $6.8 million for an actual F-15. After being released from the B-52, the unpowered vehicle was flown by pilots on the ground, including Einar K...
Keywords: Who -- William H. Dana; Who -- Thomas C. McMurtry; Who -- John A. Manke; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
|Lifting body pilots - Jerry Gentry, John Manke, Bill Dana, Cecil Powell with M2-F3 in background - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)|
Posing for this photo in front of the M2-F3 are (Left-Right) Air Force pilot Captain Jerauld Gentry, NASA pilots John Manke and William H. Dana. Kneeling is Air Force pilot Major Cecil Powell. These four pilots flew the M2-F3 on a total of 27 flights between June 2, 1970 and December 20, 1972. The vehicle reached a maximum altitude of 71,500 feet and a maximum speed of Mach 1.613. Dana joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's High-Speed Flight Station On October 1, 1958 (the bi...
Keywords: Who -- William H. Dana; What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- Earth; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- Ames Research Center (ARC); Where -- California; Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
|X-24B with Test Pilot Bill Dana, Following last Powered Flight - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)|
William H. Dana poses in front of the X-24B after his last powered lifting-body flight on September 23, 1975. In the late 1960s and in the 1970s Dana was a project pilot on the lifting-body program which flew several versions of the wingless vehicles and produced data that helped in development of the Space Shuttles. For his contributions to the lifting body program, Dana received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal...
Keywords: Who -- William H. Dana; What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- Earth; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- Edwards Air Force Base; Where -- California; Where -- Maryland; Where -- Ohio